Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTL), the company dedicated to helping automotive consumers and dealers connect online, has named its top picks for the most affordably-priced, high quality cars offering buyers great features, design, performance and reliability.
“Cheap doesn’t mean cheaply made,” said Michelle Naranjo, editor-in-chief of Autobytel. “The compacts and subcompacts on our list don’t always get the attention they deserve. They’re well-built, reliable and affordable to own, with standard features you don’t expect. These aren’t top picks for first-time car buyers only—they’re excellent choices for anyone looking to buy a great quality vehicle at the best price.”
Following are Autobytel’s top five picks for great quality cars at the cheapest price *.
2014 Chevrolet Spark : $12,170Starting at $12,170—the cheapest car on the Autobytel list—the 2014 Chevy Spark is a 4-door, 4-seat Hatchback available in a variety of jazzy colors, including Jalapeno, Denim and Lemonade. It comes standard with 10 air bags and OnStar with Automatic Crash Response, with MPG estimates in the 31 City/39 Highway range. Other available features include Chevrolet MyLink Radio ® with Siri ® Eyes-Free Technology and Hill Start Assist. “The Chevrolet Spark is flirty and fun, with unique styling and playful colors that turn heads,” said Naranjo. “You’ll definitely love it in the city, but its open highway drive is equally satisfying. If you’re looking for spunkiness at a steal, the Spark rules the road.” 2014 Nissan Versa Note : $13,990 This zippy 4-door, 5-seat Hatchback comes available in three trims and is equipped with a 1.6-liter, 109 horsepower engine with maximum MPG estimates in the 31 City/40 Highway range. Available features include remote keyless entry, Bluetooth ® and Xtronic CVT ®. “What I love about the Nissan Versa Note is its big back seat, a well-configured cargo space and luxury appointments on the higher-end model,” said Naranjo. “It’s delightful to drive and packs a big punch in value, with plenty of great features at bargain basement prices.”